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I was in my car today listening to KPBS and they were talking about local Holiday gift ideas. The conversation turned to wine tasting out of the San Diego area. I called in and lucky me, made it on the air! I informed Alison St. John of the 70 wineries operating in San Diego and Ramona. Click the KPBS logo at left to hear me…in my own words, jump to 10 minutes 30 seconds; 10:30.

-Darrell Grant

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Adventures in Winemaking

Inside the Winery

As Assistant Winemaker to chief Winemaker, Linda McWilliams at San Pasqual Winery, we are pleased to announce the release of a few of our outstanding wines. One of my favorites is the 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was quite a challenge for us during fermentation. Linda and I stopped by the winery after class late one night to find that the fermentation was up to 99 degrees; too hot.

High temperatures like this will kill the yeast and stop fermentation. Linda and I were faced with the situation of needing to bring the temperature down without adding water to the Must. Looking around the winery, I noticed that we had shrink wrap. From there we bought blocks of ice, encased them in the shrink wrap, sterilized them, and added them to the Must, introducing them into the macro bin of fermenting wine. This tactic was successful in lowering the temperature, allowing the wine to complete its fermentation.

We just released this vintage. This Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich and full bodied flavor, low in tannin. This is an excellently balanced wine; though hot due to an alcohol content of 15.4%. This does not take away from the taste. Currently this is my favorite among our wines.

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Darrell Grant Demonstrates Wine Making

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Tina, of Witch Creek Winery

As a native San Diegan I have always loved going to the mountains around San Diego and exploring the natural beauty.  The quaint town of Julian, about an hour out of town, at 5000′ has been my favorite escape.  For the last 15 years my favorite local winery has been Witch Creek Winery, to visit one of my favorite personalities and winery ambassadors, Tina Martin, and her sister Tammy.

Tammy, the Good Witch

Tammy the Good Witch

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$25 San Diego Wineries Summer Passport available at San Pasqual Winery

The Wine Bearer, the Premium in travel Bottle Protection.San Diego wine tasting passports are available until September 5th.  Come on down to the San Pasqual Tasting room in La Mesa or Pacific Beach to pick them up, or call us at 619-462-1797.  Check out this link for more details: examiner.com.

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Next Stop, The New York Times!!!

The Wine Bearer, featured in the Provence PostCheck out this travel blog The Provence Post featuring St. Remy’s Transhumance Festival, the annual ‘Pilates Getaway’, and a photo exhibit in Arles known as the Rencontres, and….. *drumroll*……..  THE WINE BEARER!  Darrell’s unique invention is bringing earned notoriety to our emerging American Viticultural Area, (AVA).
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And the Accolades Keep Rolling in….

Darrell received a letter of commendation over his invention, hand signed by none other than Dianne Jacob, honorable Supervisor of the Second District.  Congratulations Darrell for this latest acknowledgement.  A framed copy will be on display at the San Pasqual Winery.  Come on down, check it out, and enjoy some chilled Passion Fruit Habanero on this beautiful summer evening.

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Wine Bearer Featured in the La Mesa Patch

The Wine Bearer has hit the big leagues!!  Darrell will be signing autographed copies of his article in the La Mesa Patch ,(click to read), tonight at the San Pasqual Winery.  Maximum guests not to exceed 500.

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Only 3 Bottles left of our 2009 Nebbiola!

The 2009 Nebbiolo is almost gone! 3 bottles left from 19 Saturday. I don’t think there will be any tomorrow so if you want it….come to the La Mesa Tasting room & get it quickly. We close at 8 pm tonight.   For directions click here.

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San Pasqual Employee Pours Herself into Latest Career

Brenda Nason, event coordinator for the San Pasqual Winery was featured in The La Mesa Patch.

Come on down to the tasting room and try our 2008 Dry Creek Chardonnay before it’s gone.  We are down to our last 2 cases.  The Vignes is gone.  For more info on San Pasqual Winery, check us out on Facebook.

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Food and Wine Pairing

50 local wineries with chefs pairing amazing dishes to each wine, all for only $25 a person $40 couple discounts available too.

click here for info

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Let’s Talk Wine!

Here is a place for everyone to share all things related to wine.  Please be respectful of all viewpoints and opinions.

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